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We understand that the treatment process can be difficult at times. At FHE, we are committed to assisting you in making progress towards a new life free from the grips of addiction.
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Mr. Abu-Moustafa, owner and Chief Executive Officer of the Florida House Experience, is nationally recognized as an entrepreneur and a pioneer in the behavioral health field for the past 25 years. He holds a dual bachelor’s degree in psychology and nursing from Salem State College, and is a registered nurse by training. He holds licensure in the states of Massachusetts and Florida as a Registered Nurse. He is a Certified Addiction Professional in the state of Florida and an International Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor.
Mr. Abu-Moustafa was named Cambridge Who’s Who for demonstrating dedication, leadership and excellence in rehabilitation services in 2010. His background is in Harvard Teaching Hospitals, Nurse Supervisory Roles, and Real Estate. He is an expert in clinical operations management, as well as business development, construction and maintenance operations.
Mr. Abu-Moustafa’s vision has been touted in the behavioral health field, with fearlessness in his approach to providing modern, innovative care. Sherief’s commitment to the provision of quality long-term care at an affordable price is the most rewarding aspect of his work. He attributes his success to following his calling in life and keeping his faith in God. Sherief is a devoted philanthropist that provides constant resources to the community.
Bill Russell was born in Long Island, New York. He completed his Bachelors and Masters in Human Services Administration at Antioch University, Baltimore, Maryland. Bill has over 30 years of experience with the development and management of substance abuse, mental health, and behavioral medicine services. He served as Administrator of Fair Oaks Psychiatric Hospital in Delray Beach. Bill served as Chief Operating Officer of The Watershed Treatment Programs of Boynton Beach. Bill and other professionals founded The Treatment Center of the Palm Beaches, where he served as Chief Executive Officer. Bill joined The Florida House Experience as Chief Operating Officer in June 2018. He is focused on improving the patient experience, expanding the diversity of services, and elevating The Florida House to a nationally recognized center of excellence.
Rami Sleiman is the Chief Compliance and Operations Officer of the Florida House Experience. Mr. Sleiman is from Boston, Massachusetts and a graduate from Trinity College (CT) with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. He holds a certification in Healthcare Compliance (CHC) and specializes Healthcare Operations. He has designed and implemented systems of compliance throughout the organization, connecting quality of care with documentation, billing, risk management, regulatory guidelines, and outcomes.
Mr. Sleiman has successfully passed multiple accreditation surveys, licensure inspections, and insurance audits with top marks. He has designed and implemented multiple clinical programs in compliance with local, federal, and regulatory guidelines. Rami also chairs multiple committees within the organization.
Mr. Sleiman maintains a passion for self-discovery. For this reason, he is student of philosophy, meditation and entrepreneurship.
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With over 30 years’ experience Barbara has held the title of Director of Human Resources for nationally recognized rehabilitation and healthcare corporations. She was awarded by the supreme court of Florida, County court Mediator for several counties throughout Florida from 2004 through 2015. Barbara has proved herself indispensable to the Florida House Experience. Setting the bar with our staff training, development, performance management and employee relations skills set have contributed to The Florida House Experience best practices and has retained our position as one of the “Top Work Places” by the Sun-Sentinel for three years in a row.
Dr. Ignatov received his medical degree from the Omsk State Medical Academy, one of the oldest medical schools in Russia. After relocating to the United States, he completed his psychiatry residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. He completed an additional fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Ignatov is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, American Board of Preventive Medicine as well as American Board of Addiction Medicine.
Dr. Howeedy completed his undergraduate studies in Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Miami as an Honors Cum Laude Graduate. He went on to obtain his medical degree from the University of South Florida in Tampa as a USF College of Medicine Scholarship Recipient, and inducted into the College of Medicine Gold Humanism Honor Society. Dr. Howeedy pursued his Family Medicine training in Michigan, and served as a Clinical Resident Instructor with the College of Human Medicine at MSU.
He currently trains and supervises many Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants in the area, as he has a love and passion for teaching.
Dr. Howeedy is a member of the American Medical Association, Florida Medical Association, American Academy of Family Practitioners, American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, and the American Society of Addiction Medicine.
Since joining FHEM in October of 2015, Dr. Howeedy focus has been implementing a Collaborative Care Model here at FHEM that integrates Medicine and Behavioral Health, from the time when the patient is admitted, through outpatient treatment, and ensuring continuity of care as they transition back into the community.
Dr. Dogris has a unique blend of clinical, research and development experience in the field of neurostimulation and neuromodulation. Dr. Dogris is a licensed health psychologist and neuroscientist who practices in Santa Barbara, California.
Dr. Dogris is the neurorehabilitation director at the Florida House Experience in Deerfield Beach, Florida. He is an expert in the field of psychology with board certifications in neurofeedback and quantitative electroencephalography (QEEG) analysis. He has been in the electroencephalography (EEG) field for 30 years and began his work while attending Humboldt State University working on P300 research in 1987.
Dr. Dogris earned his PhD from the California School of Professional Psychology and holds four advanced degrees. He has worked in the field for 27 years and has experience working with a wide variety of mental health populations including children, adolescents and adults. Dr. Dogris has held positions as the Program Chief of Mono County Mental Health, Orange County Mental Health, Inyo County Mental Health and College Hospital. He has been mentored by some of the founders of the field of neurofeedback and has had the pleasure of developing innovations with them.
Dr. Dogris has developed numerous neurofeedback protocols and innovations on multiple platforms and is recognized as a leading expert in his field. He developed the first, synchronized, neuromodulation and neurostimulation system that utilized normed referenced data and QEEG analysis for the treatment of multiple neurological problems. This system, known as NeuroField, combines pulsed electromagnetic fields (pEMF) and transcranial alternating/direct current stimulation (tDCS/tACS) with EEG neurofeedback so as to optimize the functioning of the human brain.
Dr. Dogris has developed over 200 protocols for the NeuroField system and continues to create new innovations for the Florida House Experience patients with a specific emphasis on reducing cravings, reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression and helping to restore normal sleeping patterns. pEMF, tDCS and tACS has been shown in the scientific research to be an effective, safe method for the treatment of depression, anxiety, traumatic brain injury, drug addiction, insomnia and ADHD. Dr. Dogris brings all of his clinical and research skills to the Florida House Experience as the director of the Neurorehabilitation Department.
Dr. Nelson has been a licensed professional for more than 17 years, serving as a therapist and director in clinical programs for outpatient services, day hospital programs, and acute and sub-acute care programs for substance abuse, mental health, and dual diagnosis. He also has experience in treating chronic mental illness and Electroconvulsive Therapy. Dr. Nelson has experience as a supervisor, consultant, speaker, professor, and administrator. As a Doctor of Behavioral Health he is specially trained to work in medical settings with complex cases and long term disease management.
Dr. Treese completed his undergraduate education in psychology and his medical education both at the University of Miami, followed by completion of his psychiatry residency training at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. He next completed psychoanalytic training at the Contemporary Freudian Society in Washington D.C. as he established himself in addiction treatment and in outpatient psychiatric practice. He is board certified by the ABPN in adult psychiatry and by the ABPM in addiction medicine; and he is an active member of the American Psychiatric Association, the Florida Psychiatric Society, the American Society of Addition Medicine, the International Psychoanalytical Association, and the American Psychoanalytic Association. Areas of strong interest by Dr. Treese include addiction treatment, psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, and forensic psychiatry. He aims to help patients to understand their problems at their most underlying levels so that a more permanent and stable recovery may be started at The Florida House.
Tiffany D. Santos is a licensed mental health counselor. Tiffany received her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Florida International University. Tiffany went on to obtain her master’s degree in mental health counseling from Nova Southeastern University. With over 6 years working in the mental health field, Tiffany has professional experience as a group facilitator, clinician, and clinical director. Tiffany is passionate about working with adults who have mental health and substance use diagnosis in a variety of settings. Tiffany has experience providing individual and group psychotherapy with adults, adolescents, couples and families, in residential treatment facilities, outpatient programs, and non-profit organizations. Tiffany is a compassionate therapist that focuses on client’s strengths to empower and support them to make their own positive and healthy lifestyle choices.
Mr. Guillermo Granados M.S., P.A.-C, is a foreign medical graduate who is practicing as a board certified physician assistant and is also a NRCME medical examiner. He graduated with honors from Miami Dade College Physician Assistant School. He subsequently attained a master’s degree in advanced physician assistant studies with a concentration in family and clinical medicine from A.T. Still University of Health Sciences, (ATSU) in Mesa, Arizona.
Mr. Granados has been practicing medicine since 2006, the last 10 years in urgent care and family medicine. He began his medical career when he decided to serve our Country’s military as an Army combat medic for 10 years. He accomplished his premedical studies while in active duty service at different installations. He has been practicing medicine in diverse settings to include family medicine, urgent care, pharmaceutical clinical research, occupational and emergency medicine at Mercy Hospital in Coral Gables, Miami. Mr. Granados serves as an active clinical associate preceptor for Nova University and Miami Dade College Physician Assistant programs. Mr. Granados enjoys time with his family and is grateful to be able to assist anyone in need of his medical services.
Nurse Cassis has over twenty-five years of experience in multiple mental health and chemical dependency settings. He has served in acute psychiatric crisis units, inpatient psychiatric care, inpatient rehabilitation treatment and medical detox units. Mr. Cassis completed his initial nursing studies in Montreal, Canada. He then proceeded to complete his Bachelors and Masters Level nursing at Florida International University, specializing in mental health nursing. He is currently adjunct Professor of Nursing at Florida International University. He believes in a patient centered approach and assists individuals in obtaining self-actualization. The combination of his experience and ongoing compassion support the formulation of interventions for successful patient outcomes.
Dr. Julia La Rocca has over twenty-five years’ experience working in the field of family, geriatric, psychiatric, urgent care and addiction medicine. In addition, she is a professor and clinical preceptor for Miami-Dade College Physician Assistant Program for over five years. She has taught a variety of subjects to include but not limited to physical diagnosis, nephrology, urology, and geriatric medicine. Dr. La Rocca started her career as a Registered Nurse and later furthered her career graduating from Miami-Dade College as a Physician Assistant in 2001. Dr. La Rocca graduated in 2010 form Nova Southeastern University with a doctorate degree in health science. She has a passion for teaching and is active member of Florida Academy of Physician Assistants and the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
Dr. Antonio Rotondo, Psy.D. attained his bachelor’s degree in psychology at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. He obtained his master’s degree in clinical psychology at Barry University in Miami, FL and his doctorate in clinical psychology, with a concentration in neuropsychology, at the Florida School of Professional Psychology in Tampa, FL. He completed his predoctoral training at Pilgrim Psychiatric Center in Long Island, NY, and he completed his postdoctoral training at a neuropsychology independent group practice in West Palm Beach, FL. He specializes in neuropsychological assessment of adults suffering from substance abuse disorders, traumatic brain injury, stroke, cognitive disorders, and dementia. He is also skilled in the assessment of personality disorders and mental illness complicated by substance abuse. He has developed a diagnostic clinical approach to individuals with addictive, psychological, and cognitive disorders. Dr. Rotondo’s areas of focus and research interests include neuroscience, telomeres in dementia disorders, bipolar disorder, cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, and existential psychotherapy.
Dr. Rachael Bishop is a licensed psychologist who has extensive experience in working with a wide variety of mental health populations to include children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Bishop assists the neurorehabilitation director at Florida House Experience, has herself over 11 years experience in the field of neuromodulation and neurotherapy, and is in the process of being board certified in neurofeedback. Dr. Bishop utilizes a variety of treatment interventions in her work with individuals who are struggling with mental health symptoms and/or addiction. She is well-versed not only in traditional talk therapy methods, but psychological and neuropsychological testing. Dr. Bishop also has substantial experience within the area of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and trauma. Dr. Bishop earned her Psy.D. from Nova Southeastern University. She is currently an adjunct professor at Nova Southeastern University’s Doctoral Psychology program, conducts evaluations for the Child Protection Team of Palm Beach County, and works in private practice as a forensic consultant.
Donnell Neal is the Director of Operations at Florida House Experience. He assures that the organization operates with efficiency, safety, and with quality of care. Mr. Neal is the glue of FHE, directing a team of behavioral health technicians, maintenance personnel, as well as managing admission, transition, and discharge processes. Donnell is versatile and maintains multiple functions within the organization.
Mr. Neal believes that everyone in life deserves a second chance. For this reason, he went on to become a Certified Addiction Counselor, and furthered his passion for helping people by studying Psychology at Phoenix University. Over the past 15 years, his passion to help others allows him to guide, coach and support those struggling with behavioral health issues.
Anne Weymouth is currently the Clinical Director for United Recovery Project as well as Co-Owner of the Shatterproof Group. United Recovery Project is being built on the premise that using a task centered competency based approach to therapeutic interventions is vital to assisting clients with internalizing and accepting specific beliefs/understanding of key recovery and mental health paradigms. The Shatterproof Group is a First Responder specific practice which includes group therapy focused on managing PTSD and other co-occurring disorders, providing individual counselling sessions, multiple assessment tools as well as trauma specific interventions such as EMDR and RRT. The focus is comprehension of how their trauma expresses itself, managing the symptoms effectively and substantially reducing the impact of trauma related manifestations to improve quality of life, resilience and empower the client. Anne Weymouth was recently the Program Manager for Station House Retreat which is a specialized and unique approach to treatment for First Responders suffering from addiction and other trauma related symptoms. The program was designed based upon an evidence based task centered competency approach in which every component, group, assessment, session has specific objectives and curriculum to assist with the multifaceted struggles that First Responders face. The research focused approach has created the optimal opportunity for First Responders to receive the services that they need and to put them in a position for future success with greater understanding and symptom relief.
Anne has prior experience working with culturally specific populations and specializes in working with closed systems. Earlier work includes being a Supervisor of a Women’s Program, Clinician with the Seminole Tribe of South Florida as well as years of work with the Department of Corrections in the State of Florida. Anne’s background includes training in specialties such as sexual addiction, process addictions and trauma therapy. Ms. Weymouth has a Masters in Mental Health Counseling, is a Certified Sexual Addiction and Trauma Therapist, Certified Criminal Justice Professional and is a Certified Addiction Professional. She is also a member of the Faculty for The Academy for Addiction Professionals where she teaches other professionals how to work in the field of addiction as they pursue the certification.
Mindy graduated from Tulane University and completed her internship at Tulane Medical Center. With over 20 years of experience, she is a qualified clinical supervisor. Mindy also has a SAP (Substance Abuse Professional) certification
Mindy’s passion and specialty is in women’s issues including treating addiction, mental health issues, trauma/PTSD, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, as well as eating disorders. She is clinically trained in family systems, family sculpting, experiential therapy, and psychodrama as well as EMDR training. Mindy also serves as liaison with referral sources and works closely with therapists, EAP’s and interventionists throughout the country assuring continuity of care for our patients. She specializes in treating clients that suffer from addiction and trauma using cognitive behavioral techniques.
Mindy strongly advocates for helping clients see the connection between how they think, what they tell themselves, and the feelings and actions that follow. Mindy’s passion lies in Women’s Empowerment, as she seeks to help women find their inspirations and strength to transform their lives with confidence. Working from a strength-based and affirming approach to help women regain the connection between mind, body, and spirit.
Mindy has published articles in Behavioral Health News, The Boca Observer, and has been on 20/20 with news anchor Elizabeth Vargas. The FHE Women’s Empowerment Program tagline “rebuilding women’s lives” comes from a very personal place of rebuilding her life after going through and dealing with the impact of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Mindy believes that every day is a new opportunity to take steps towards building recovery. The excitement about coming to FHE is in helping to develop an integrated program focusing on the unique needs of women’s health and recovery. Body/Mind/Spirit.
Janus holds her Master of Social Work from Barry University, Master’s in Psychology from University of Phoenix, Certification as a Certified Human Animal Intervention Specialist from Oakland University, Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, and Associate’s in the Arts from Ferris State University. She continues to seek additional education and training to better help the people she works with and strives to empower. Additional education includes: becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, (LCSW), a Qualified Supervisor for MSW Interns, a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), Certified Rapid Resolution Practitioner (RRT), Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional (CCFP), Certified Human Animal Intervention Specialist (CHAIS), Certified Professional Coach (CPC).
Janus is trained in RRT® (Rapid Resolution Therapy), EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy, Animal-Assisted Therapy, Pet Loss Bereavement Counseling, Substance Abuse Professional (SAP), Developmental Play Therapy, and Level I StoryPlay®.
Janus has had the honor of being asked to present on various topics including Canine-Assisted Therapy, Canine-Assisted Therapy and Trauma, Successful Positive Change, and Emotional Intelligence. She has authored her own fictional storybook to invoke discussion about abuse through the eyes of a puppy and has co-authored a chapter about Canine-Assisted Therapy and Working with Touch with Children.
In addition, one of her most powerful assets are her canine co-therapist and crisis response partner, Mack, with whom positively impacts people who have not been responsive to other therapies. Together they have helped the most vulnerable victims overcome phobias and complex traumas. Mack and Janus also work as a field/instructor team in disaster/crisis situations with National Crisis Response Canines. Janus is also training and working with her two younger canines, Eli and Bear, to continue with the work Mack has started.
I am a graduate of Palm Beach Atlantic University, where I received a bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management. I then continued my studies where I earned a master’s degree in counseling psychology and have been working in the field of Mental Health and Substance abuse for the past five years. After graduation, I worked for Jerome Golden Center for Behavioral Health, there I started as a group facilitator then later became one of their Primary Therapist working with IOP and OP clients. I worked for this company for about 3 years. After leaving Jerome Golden Center, I accepted a position as primary therapist for Seventy-Seven Recovery Treatment Center, where I worked with clients in PHP, IOP and OP LOC. My time with this organization lasted only a year due to the company closing. My most recent position was with Treatment Alternative where my position was also that of Primary Therapist and group facilitator working with clients in PHP, IOP and OP LOC.
Having gone through my own emotional stresses and was fortunate enough to have had support guiding me through my rough times has fueled my passion and desire to help other restore hope to their lives. I love that I can make a positive difference in the lives of others by helping them to realize their true potential and obtain their goals.
Along with extensive case management experience, Misha is experienced in running didactic and creative groups. She utilizes motivational speeches to encourage and empower others in her groups and in interacting with clients on a daily basis. Misha is able to build a solid rapport with clients assisting them in developing positive outcomes that will impact their goals. Having gone through a successful recovery herself, Misha knows the effect a great treatment program can have on a client, as well as the abundance of internal and external gifts given when practicing self-care.
Misha is completing her bachelor’s degree in health administration, and she looks forward to customizing solutions to the needs of the clients through building platforms that make it easier for clients to be on-board and integrate into the program to increase success. Misha is excited that FHE is allowing her to learn new things about her passion for human services. “I can’t imagine doing anything else. every morning I wake up and get to engage with the most amazing people. Being an advocate and having the potential to positively influence someone who had long ago given up on having happiness and long-term stability, makes me proud to do the work I am doing with The Florida House Experience”
I am originally from North Reading Massachusetts and started working at The Florida House Experience in 2011. I really enjoy working here because I love to help people and be the support that people are looking for in their time of need.
Art Jacob came to The Florida Hose in 2004 and has worn many hats, including Admissions Coordinator, Director of Admissions, and presently Director of Sober Skills. A graduate of Springfield College, Art recalls: “I dedicated my life to helping others.” Addiction drove Art from institution to institution until he was able to find a spiritual path and a moral psychology that has freed him from the bondage of active addiction. When making amends to his parents, Art asked, “How can I make this right?” his mother’s response, “All we want is our son back. When I was trying to find you help, there was no money or insurance. No one would talk to me. What you can do for me now is speak to the parents who are trying to help their children. Bring them some hope.” Art does just that, every day.
Behavioral Health and Intervention Consultant, Susan is a Nationally Board Certified Doctor of Oriental Medicine as well as a specialist in the fields of compulsive gambling and dual diagnosis. Prior experiences Included working as a Physician’s Assistant before deciding to return to Oriental Medical School. She co-founded the first treatment center in Florida to use alternative therapies along with western medicine to treat addiction as well as a dedicated treatment track for pathological gambling. During her twenty-one-year career in the field of addiction treatment, Sue has helped more than 1,500 pathological gamblers find recovery through the use of both alternative and western medicines.